METHUEN (CBS) – A woman died after trying to break up a family fight in Methuen and her niece is now facing charges.

Police were called a home on Bicknell Avenue late Sunday night for a report of a fight and an unresponsive woman.

They say 63-year-old Martina Gomez attempted to break up that fight among relatives when she “appeared to suffer from medical distress,” according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

methuen2 Woman Dies Trying To Break Up Family Fight In Methuen

Police outside the home on Bicknell Avenue early Monday morning. (WBZ-TV)

Gomez was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital where she died.

“The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy today to determine the cause and manner of death,” D.A. spokesperson Carrie Kimball Monahan said in a statement.

Gomez’s niece, 23-year-old Modesta Gomez, is charged with two counts of assault and battery, assault and battery on a person over 60, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

gomezincourt Woman Dies Trying To Break Up Family Fight In Methuen

Modesta Gomez, 23, was arraigned on multiple charges of assault and battery (WBZ-TV)

According to the D.A., Modesta drove from Lawrence to the Methuen home because of a dispute on Snapchat. She allegedly assaulted her cousin and then struck Martina Gomez in the face when she tried to intervene. When Martina fell to the ground, prosecutors say Modesta repeatedly closed the front door on Martina’s body.

Modesta was arraigned Monday afternoon in Lawrence District Court and is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Friday.

Comments (2)

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s